Wise words about kids, Christmas shopping and budgets from Junior Achievement

Such good advice from our friends at JA…

December is here, and with it comes the frenzy of holiday shopping. The expectation of giving gifts can be financially demanding. According to a survey of 500 U.S. teens conducted by JA USA and ORC International, 51% of teens planning to shop this holiday season expect to spend more than $100 on gifts.

“The holidays serve as one of the best opportunities to teach young people about the responsible management of money,” said Gina Blayney, JAUM president & CEO. “It’s important that teens learn how to budget in order to make informed decisions about a reasonable amount for them to spend on gifts for the holidays.”

Junior Achievement offers programs to K-12 students that teach them how to manage money and make smart financial decisions. Learn more.

Thanks and an update for LqP Junior Achievement supporters

October and November is the time when we have Junior Achievement donations come in from our many loyal supporters.

A fundraising letter was sent out to the list last week, with one item missing. 

  • I indicated that you should fill out the information on an accompanying sheet.
  • That sheet was inadvertently forgotten in the envelope. 
  • Have no fear.  
  • I can complete the information on the sheet myself, when your donation arrives.

I am sorry for any confusion this may have given you, but rest assured that I will capture the information on the sheet once your donation arrives.

My apologies!

Pamela J. Ellison (PJ)

Director, Lac qui Parle County EDA
600 6th Street – Ste. 10
Madison, MN 56256
Office Phone: 320-598-7976
Office Cell Phone: 507-430-8111
Cell phone: 320-368-3057

 

Honor the region’s outstanding leaders in Junior Achievement

Each year, the JAUM Business Hall of Fame honors five individuals for their excellence in business and philanthropy, and for their significant contributions to our community. Their stories will become part of our curriculum to inspire local students to strive for success and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit.

DETAILS

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016
  • 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • McNamara Alumni Center
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus

 

Sponsorships, tables and individual tickets available. Contact Emily Halstead at 651-255-0458 or emilyh@jaum.org.

JA Program Increases Financial Capability of Middle School Students, Study Shows

Good news for Junior Achievement…

JA Finance Park introduces students to personal finance and career explorations through classroom instruction complemented by a hands-on experience where students apply learned concepts in a life-like community. During this one-day experience, students assume family and income scenarios and visit businesses to gather information for their personal financial decision-making. A recent study shows that JA Finance Park has a significant impact on kids’ attitudes toward managing money. Six out of seven students who initially didn’t think it was important to manage their money changed their minds in a favorable direction after participating in JA Finance Park.

Learn more!

Cultivate your child’s entrepreneurial spirit at a JA Summer Camp

Looks like a great idea for entrepreneurial kids…

Whether your child has an idea for the next big thing, or wants to be a change-maker in an existing organization, JA Summer Camps inspire innovative thinking and teach skills to help them succeed in the “real world.”

STEM Camp
Who: 4-8 graders
When: June 20-23
Where: JA BizTown, Maplewood

Young Entrepreneurs Camp
Who: 5-8 graders
When: July 25-28
Where: JA BizTown, Maplewood

Start It Up Camp
A one week residential camp for students completing grades 9-12 who are interested in learning about business and starting their own company.
When: July 17-22
Where: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis campuses

Cultivate your child’s entrepreneurial spirit at a JA Summer Camp

Whether your child has an idea for the next big thing, or wants to be a change-maker in an existing organization, JA Summer Camps inspire innovative thinking and teach skills to help them get the job they want.

STEM Camp

  • Who:    4-8 graders
  • When:  June 20-23
  • Where: JA BizTown, Maplewood

Young Entrepreneurs Camp 

  • Who:    5-8 graders
  • When:  July 25-28
  • Where: JA BizTown, Maplewood

Start It Up Camp

  • A one week residential camp for students completing grades 9-12 who are interested in learning about business and starting their own company.
  • When:  July 17-22
  • Where: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

How a Dedicated Junior Achievement Volunteer Taps a Former Dawson-Boyd Alumnus to inspire her classroom entrepreneurs

Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives. At Steven’s

  • Elementary the 6th grade class was taught by a dedicated volunteer, Amanda Bartunek, who works in the Lac qui Parle Sheriff’s Office.
  • In 6 sessions they learned four simple definitions of being an entrepreneur:
  • Fill a Need
  • Know Your Customer and Product
  • Be Creative and Innovative
  • Believe in Yourself

The kids made their own commercials, made blueprints, talked about needs in the community, and learned about successful entrepreneurs.

In one of the sessions we learned about an entrepreneur by the name of Bjorn Quenemoen (a Dawson-Boyd Alumni) along with his partner Jamie O’Shea who raise and sell organic sun-popped popcorn called Bjorn Qorn. 

  • Some of the corn is raised on a farm near Clarkfield.
  • This popcorn is popped directly by the heat of the sun.
  • You can order Bjorn Qorn online bjornqorn.com and is also sold in many areas mainly around New York area. Although it is sold at Surdyks Liquor Store in Minneapolis according to the website.
  • The kids and staff of Steven’s Elementary received samples of their product to enjoy.
  • Junior Achievement is a successful program that is taught by volunteers of the community.

Here’s an article by an ice cream company that used our popcorn as an ingredient
 https://jenis.com/blog/sun-popped-corn-ice-cream/

 A comprehensive article by the NYC food blog 150ish
 http://us5.campaign-archive1.com/?u=b704b49db100e8f2f98aca8e3&id=b19a0ade24

And a brief village voice interview
http://www.villagevoice.com/restaurants/bjornqorn-bard-grads-cook-up-solar-popped-popcorn-6528955

Various other press can be found here
 https://bjornqorn.myshopify.com/pages/press